I finished three quilts in the last couple of weeks.
First one is a retirement gift for a friend. It’s only been seven months since he did so… He has a “thing” for wolves, so it is made from a pile of wolf panels I found (large pictures printed on fabric). The kaleidoscope effect four patches were made by stacking four panels, whacking them into pieces, then sewing the individual stacks of pieces into blocks. A fifth panel was incorporated into the back of the quilt, so you can see what created the front.
The second is a fairly simple quilt for the grandson of a good friend. It was made from a big pile of flannel fat quarters I had acquired some years ago for next-to-nothing. I had planned to use a pattern, and pieced all the blocks according to the pattern, but when I put it up on the design wall, meh… So pulled the blocks off the wall and started slapping them up in a pattern of my own doing. Which I liked better than the original pattern, but was not all that excited about. Now that it’s been quilted and washed, and it’s all soft and poufy, I find I like it a lot! Handed it off to grandma tonight.
The last one started with a fabric panel featuring vintage Farmall tractor illustrations and advertising slicks. The husband of a good friend is an avid vintage Farmall tractor collector. I thought “Hey! a little quilt for Jim!” Then promptly misplaced the fabric. When it resurfaced recently, I began second-guessing my “quilt for Jim” plan, as he is married to a quilter. So is a quilt a good thing to saddle him with? Asked Marie, who advised me to make it as a Covers for Kids quilt. (donated to charities). So I began cutting up the panel parts and planning a layout. This guy turned out to be one of those annoying projects that talks/whines to me CONSTANTLY. Whining about wanting pieced stars to fill the blank spots. Sashing. More color. Pittooee. By the time I finished, I had invested three days in the piecing process. So I contacted Marie and inquired whether one of the tractor clubs might like it for a fundraiser item once they are able to meet again. She thought that was a good idea - until she showed my photo to Jim. Who decided he wanted it. So it’s going to it’s original intended recipient! Yippee!
I did the piecing on all three projects at various retreat days at the Best Little Retreat Center in Texas here in Dallas. The quilting was also done there, by renting time on one of the owners computer-guided longarm quilting machines. (which is a lot harder than it sounds…)